Why Study Industrial Engineering?

Industrial Engineers have a “big-picture” perspective and bring people, resources, equipment, and technologies together to improve systems and processes. Industrial Engineers work to reduce costs, increase efficiency/productivity, assure quality, and satisfy customer expectations. They are trained in identifying and solving a wide variety of problems using their broad-based skills. As companies across all industries are increasingly striving to control costs and maximize efficiencies, the versatile skill set of Industrial Engineers opens doors for numerous career opportunities in virtually every sector of the economy. Recent occupational outlook surveys show strong and growing demand for Industrial Engineers.

The curriculum at Penn State Behrend provides students with strong technical expertise and problem-solving skills that will allow the graduates to function successfully in a wide variety of professional settings. During the program, students will also have the opportunity to choose electives in manufacturing systems engineering, engineering service systems, or engineering information systems. IE’s may be interested in certificates or minors available from Penn State Behrend’s collaborative business/engineering environment such as the operations and supply chain management minor.

Why earn your Industrial Engineering degree at Penn State Behrend?

  • Small class sizes foster close student-professor relationships.
  • Faculty typically have doctorates or significant industrial experience. Lectures and labs are taught by professors, not graduate students.
  • The diverse and broad-based engineering education includes a strong design emphasis and practical laboratory experience.
  • Laboratory computers and equipment are constantly updated to keep pace with the latest technological developments. Many of the computer labs are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Cooperative education and internship opportunities are available for academic credit.
  • Every student works on a team to complete a two-semester capstone design project, many sponsored by industry.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on undergraduate research projects and participate in the Behrend Honors and Schreyer Honors programs.
  • Our alumni network keeps faculty informed of internship and job openings for students.